EU Just Transition Fund in Ireland
The EU Just Transition Fund (JTF) is a brand-new fund created under the 2021-2027 programming round. It operates under Regulation (EU) (2021/1056) within the framework of the EU Cohesion policy.
The Fund’s single specific objective is to support the regions and communities in Europe that are most negatively affected by the transition to climate neutrality, ensuring that no one is left behind.
In essence, the EU JTF aims to address employment, economic, social and environmental impacts that come with the shift away from carbon-intense activities. In Ireland’s case, the territory supported by the Fund will focus on the regions where there have been direct impacts from the move away from peat production and electricity generation from peat.
Ireland is set to receive up to €84.5 million from the EU Just Transition Fund over the period to 2027. With the Government of Ireland’s match funding using Exchequer resources, up to €169 million will be available.
As required in legislation, Ireland has prepared a Territorial Just Transition Plan and accompanying Programme setting out the activities the Fund supports. With the European Commission’s adoption in December 2022 of Ireland’s Territorial Just Transition Plan and Programme, activities under the programme are being rolled out in 2023.
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Read and download a Programme Summary booklet
Overview video of the EU JTF programme
Watch a video giving an overview and an update of the EU Just Transition Fund programme as presented at the open information session on 24 January 2024.
EU JTF TerritoryAs mentioned above, the Fund is designed to target areas that are most negatively affected by the transition towards climate neutrality. Several evidence-based assessments have identified certain counties and municipal districts in the wider Midlands as being the most negatively affected in Ireland by the closure of peat-reliant power stations. This will therefore be the target area of the EU JTF.
This territorial designation was approved at Government level on the basis of:
- A county-level analysis supported through the Structural Reform Support Programme of the European Commission
- The reports and recommendations of the Just Transition Commissioner
- The coverage of the National Just Transition Fund
- A sub-county analysis commissioned by Government
These reports can be found on this www.gov.ie page.
The territory will consist of the counties and municipal districts listed in the table below as well as in the map.
More information on the selection of this Territory available on eufunds.ie.
Three Programme Priorities
The EU Just Transition Fund in Ireland has 3 priority areas for investment:
- Priority 1: Diversification of the local economy
- Priority 2: Restoration of degraded peatlands and regeneration of industrial heritage assets
- Priority 3: Smart and sustainable local mobility
These priority areas are designed to complement each other to address employment, economic, social and environmental impacts from the cessation of peat production for energy generation in the wider Midlands area. They are also complemented by other EU funding programmes.
Read more about other EU funding programmes at www.eufunds.ie.
CALLS FOR FUNDING
There will be a number of calls for funding and opportunities to engage with the EU JTF programme. Below are the current open calls, calls that have yet to open and calls that have now closed.
Closing date: 30 June 2024
Closing date: 28 February 2024
Closing date: 28 February 2024
- Second call for Bioeconomy initiatives – opening Q1 2024. Administered through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
- Trail Network Development Scheme – strategic partnerships with start in early 2024. Administered through Failte Ireland
- Investment Grant-Aid Scheme for Strategic Partners (State Agencies) – strategic partnerships with state agencies commencing in early 2024. Administered through Failte Ireland
- Investment Grant-Aid Scheme for Strategic Partners (Local Authorities) – strategic partnerships with local authorities in the EU JTF territory commencing in early 2024. Administered through Failte Ireland
- Tourism Activator Scheme – various dates for applications direct with Local Authorities, autumn 2023. Administered through Failte Ireland
Calls that have closed for applications
Other available resources
The EU Just Transition Fund is one of three pillars of the Just Transition Mechanism under the European Green Deal. Investments under the Just Transition Fund may be complemented by a combination of grants and loans to private sector entities from the EU’s InvestEU instrument (Pillar 2) or through a specific Public Sector Loan Facility managed by the European Investment Bank (Pillar 3). Read more about the Just Transition Mechanism.
EMRA’s role as MA and next steps
EMRA was appointed the Managing Authority of this new EU fund in December 2021 by the Minister for Environment Climate and Communications. As the Managing Authority, EMRA will have overall responsibility for the implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of the programme.
EMRA and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications are working closely with programme delivery partners to prepare the implementation phase of the Programme and start delivering on its objectives. There was a formal launch of the Programme on 28 April 2023. Calls for proposals are now beginning to roll out so stay tuned for the funding opportunities!
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Programme Monitoring Committee documents
Watch a video about what a ‘Just Transition’ means to local residents
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- Public consultation on the EU Just Transition Fund
- Regulation (EU) 2021/1056 establishing the Just Transition Fund
- Regulation (EU)2021/1060, Common Provision Regulation
- Eufunds.ie website with information on other EU Funds